This research project will investigate the feasibility of the development and use of humane stunning or stun/killing for wild-capture fish, in order to minise pain or distress in wild-capture commercial fisheries.
An estimated 0.79 to 2.3 trillion finfish are caught from the wild globally each year. The vast majority of these fish are not humanely stunned before killing, and evidence suggests these fish may experience significant suffering between the time they are captured and their death. Recommendations exist to improve the welfare of farmed fish at slaughter, through the use of humane stunning methods/devices, to ensure immediate and irreversible loss of consciousness which lasts until death. However, to date no specific guidelines exist for wild-caught fish.
This project will comprise of 3 major components to investigate the overall feasibility of humane stunning in wild-capture fisheries:
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Salvador Prats Aparicio for his work on this research.
The draft protocol has also been published on the Systematic Reviews for Animals and Food (SYREAF) website.
Humane Slaughter Association
Harper Adams University
The University of Gothenburg, Silsoe Livestock Systems Ltd and the University of Kelaniya
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